Modern military strategists speak of the "hinge factor", but they mean the same thing: chance and uncertainty, the imporbable, unexpected, and often absurd elements that have decided the fate of battle- and altered the course of human history. Inside this book are prime examples of how bizarre, unpredictable events affected history's greatest battles.
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Erik Durschmeid, himself a long-time war correspondent on the battlefields of the world, takes a shot with unerring aim at military blunders of the past, from Saladin and the Crusaders to Charge of the Light Brigade to Waterloo, the Boer War and up to the Gulf War of 1991 amongst lesser known battles of the past which in turn influenced history. He attempts, mostly convincingly, to identify what small chance fact, the Hinge Factor, caused unanticipated outcomes for the soldiers, generals and military planners. This is a lucid, insightful and persuasive survey of how chance, which he calls the 'Hinge Factor', has in fact determined military outcomes and hence Western History. Mr. Durschmeide was a newspaperman as a war correspondent for much of his life, and writes like one short, punchy, news article style as a consequence. Easy to read, entertaining and a half. If you doubt that much of how life goes depends on random chance, this book is a good antidote to such over-confidence in men's self determinism. Highly recommended. Especially for military and history buffs.